If you’ve ever experienced the blinding lights of an oncoming car that forgot to turn off their high beams, you may have wished that the forgetful driver had more technologically advanced headlights; headlights that could, say, automatically redirect their beams out of your eyeballs when they see your car approaching.
In fact, such headlights exist, and they get more sophisticated every year. As Autoweek put it, smart headlights make the days of sealed beams “look like the dark ages.” 
Tech companies have been researching, producing, testing, and selling better and brighter headlight solutions to increase nighttime visibility, and these solutions are used in automobiles in other parts of the world, but not in the U.S., arguably the most car-crazy nation in the world.
So, what are smart headlights, and why can’t we get them here?
Super-quick ADB primer
Smart headlights are complex technical packages that include cameras, sensors, mirrors, powerfully connected LED lighting, and small computers that control beam direction and brightness.
Upon detecting an oncoming car, adaptive beam technology dims sections of the headlights to avoid blinding the other drivers, while keeping the rest of the road (and sides of the road) illuminated.
Adaptive headlights can also change beam direction to illuminate the layout of the road as it curves steeply, allowing drivers to see upcoming obstacles with a fluidity that is not possible with stationary automotive headlights.
While Samsung Semiconductor does manufacture LED solutions for smart headlights, they are currently only being utilized in cars destined for overseas consumers.